Dell buys Force 10 data centre firm

PC manufacturer Dell said it will buy Force 10 Networks – a specialist in high performance data centre networking.

Dell said that Force 10 has a turnover of $200 million, with 60 percent of its business in North America. Its product, Open Cloud Networking, is an open standards system, said Dell.

The move is part of its strategy to build up its server and data centre offerings using X86 architecture. Dell believes in the “Virtual Era” which it defines as offering integrated resources on the server level.

Both boards of directors agreed the acquisition but Dell did not say how much it will pay for Force 10. Force 10 has operations in Chennai which it will keep. Both companies have been in partnership for the last six years, Dell said.